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ALEXI KENNEY DEBUT ‘VISUAL ALBUM’
PAUL WIANCKO’S X-SUITE FOR SOLO VIOLIN

Written for Alexi Kenney and premiered by him at London’s Wigmore Hall in 2019, Paul Wiancko’s X-Suite for Solo Violin marks Kenney’s debut recording, coupled with this simply stunning ‘Visual Album’ filmed at the Donum Estate in California, with each of the Suite’s seven pieces matched to one of the wonderful statues at the Estate, from artists such as Jeppe Hein, Gao Weigang, Jaume Plensa, Louise Bourgeois, Richard Hudson, Subodh Gupta and Doug Aitken.  Mike Grittani’s film was made in January 2021 with assistance from Alice Kao and aerial cinematography courtesy of Eric Cheng.

ALESSIO PIANELLI IS A SICILIAN TRAVELLER

When Covid 19 scuppered plans for BBT to visit Alessio Pianelli in Sicily to make a film about his BBT-supported Rubicon Classics debut CD, A Sicilian Traveller, we weren’t going to be defeated. Combining film Alessio organised himself in, around and above his home town of Trapani, session footage from the recording in Rome, in November 2019, and a specially conducted interview via Zoom to explore the themes of the recording, BBT’s film-maker Graham Johnston edited together this film that proudly confirms that Alessio Pianelli is A Sicilian Traveller. The CD is released on 26 March 2021.

Read Graham Johnston’s blog about the making of the associated BBT film profile A Sicilian Traveller here

CORRESPONDANCES – EIVIND RINGSTAD’S
DEBUT RECITAL CD ON RUBICON CLASSICS

For his debut recital disc, Eivind Ringstad is joined by his regular piano partner David Meier for a wide-ranging survey of solo pieces, from the 19th to the 21st centuries.  There are two direct connections to composers too: Eivind plays the 1768 ‘ex Vieuxtemps’ Guadagnini viola, so it’s entirely appropriate that the Belgian’s Elégie Op30 is included on the disc; and the composer of the disc’s title work, Correspondances, young Norwegian Peder Barratt-Due was at the recording sessions for the work that he had written for Eivind and David for the 2018 Edinburgh International Festival.  Find out more as we eavesdrop on the recording session at the Britten Studio, Snape Maltings.

Correspondances is released on Rubicon Classics on 23 October 2020.

ITALIAN POSTCARDS
QUARTETTO DI CREMONA AT 20

An album of chamber works inspired by the beauty of Italy, including a work specially commissioned for the recording, celebrates the 20th birthday of the renowned Italian ensemble Quartetto di Cremona. It is also, in part, a tribute to the late Italian philanthropist and music lover Franco Buitoni, co-founder with his wife, Ilaria, of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. A special award was created in his name, which was designated in 2019 for Italian musicians who promote and encourage chamber music at home and throughout the world. The Franco Buitoni Award made this recording possible for the Quartet, which also won a BBT Fellowship award in 2005. Joining Wolf, Mozart and Tchaikovsky in sending postcards home from Italy is Nimrod Borenstein, whose Cieli d’Italia was specially commissioned by the Quartet.

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